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 “Chloe” ★★ –   When David  misses his flight home from New York and, as a result, the surprise party his wife Catherine has planned for him, Catherine is forced to swallow her disappointment and any suspicions and return to the waiting guests. Reading a text message sent to David’s phone the following morning from one of his female students, Catherine’s fear grows. The successful couple – Catherine, a doctor, and David, a professor of music – have a 17-year-old son, Michael,  and to an outsider, they have everything. But their careers and raising a child have put strains on the marriage; their relationship is suffering greatly from loss of communication and intimacy. Two weeks after the surprise party, Catherine and David are at dinner with friends when Catherine excuses herself to use the restroom. There she meets an alluring young woman who, in those brief moments, connects with Catherine—it is Chloe. Returning to the table where they’re now playing spot the hooker, Catherine watches with interest as Chloe approaches an older businessman. On the drive home Catherine finally asks David if he intentionally missed his flight from New York to stay for drinks. When he claims he did not, she knows she has caught him in a lie. With Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Max Thieriot. Directed by Atom Egoyan. Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, nudity and language. 96 min.

“Hot Tub Time Machine” ★★★★–  “Hot Tub Time Machine” follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives: Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won’t leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures - one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!  With John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Lizzy Caplan, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan, Cornelius Crane Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Collette Wolfe, Charlie McDermott. Directed by  Steve Pink. Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language.

 “How to Train Your Dragon” ★★★★– See review above.


 “Alice in Wonderland” ★★ 1/2 – Director and subject matter make for a perfect marriage in Tim Burton’s version of the Lewis Carroll classic.  With Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham-Carter, Crispin Glover, Alan Rickman, Mia Wasilkowska, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall. Directed by Tim Burton. Rated PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar. 108 min.

 “Avatar” ★★ – The story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver. Directed by James Cameron. Rated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking. 162 min.

 “The Bounty Hunter” –  Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston). He thinks all that’s ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Milo realizes that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole. The exes continually one-up each other – until they find themselves on the run for their lives.  With Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, Jason Sudeikis, Cathy Moriarty. Directed by Andy Tennant. Rated PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive comments, language and some violence. 110 min.

“Crazy Heart” ★★★★ –  Jeff Bridges stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake.  Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a  journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. With Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall. Directed by Scott Cooper. Rated R for language and brief sexuality.  112 min.

 “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” – not yet rated.   Meet the kid who made “wimpy” cool, in a family comedy motion picture based on the best-selling illustrated novel “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” chronicles the adventures of wisecracking pre-teen  who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone’s life....middle school.  And he’s getting it all down on paper, via a diary - “it’s NOT a diary, it’s a journal!” Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. With  Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick, Chloe Grace Moretz. Directed by Thor Freudenthal.  Rated PG for some rude humor and language. 120 min.

“Green Zone” ★★ 1/2 – A film set in the chaotic early days of the Iraqi War when no one could be trusted and every decision could detonate unforeseen consequences. During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller  and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission.  With Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ryan, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Khalid Abdalla. Directed by Paul Greengrass. Rated R  for violence and language. 115 min.

 “Remember Me” – ★. A rebellious young man in New York City has a strained relationship with his father ever since tragedy separated their family. Tyler didn’t think anyone could possibly understand what he was going through until the day he met Ally through an unusual twist of fate. Love was the last thing on his mind, but as her spirit unexpectedly heals and inspires him, he begins to fall for her. Through their love, he begins to find happiness and meaning in his life. But soon, hidden secrets are revealed, and the circumstances that brought them together slowly threaten to tear them apart. With  Robert Pattinson, Pierce Brosnan, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Martha Plimpton. Directed by Allen Coulter. Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and smoking. 128 min.

“Repo Men” – ★. In the futuristic action-thriller, humans have extended and improved our lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called The Union. The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don’t pay your bill, The Union sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property...with no concern for your comfort or survival. With Jude Law, Liev Schreiber, Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga. Directed by  Miguel Sapochnik. Rated R for strong bloody violence, grisly images, language and some sexuality/nudity. 111 min. 

 “She’s Out of My League” – ★★ Kirk is just a normal guy with average looks and an average job until a stunning woman begins to think he’s something special.  With Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Krysten Ritter, Geoff Stults, Lindsay Sloane. Directed by Jim Field Smith. Rated R for language and sexual content.  104 min.

“Shutter Island” ★★★ 1/2 –  Story of two U.S. marshals who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.  With  Leonardo Di Caprio, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo, Emily Mortimer, Jackie Earle Haley, Max Von Sydow, Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Rated  R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity. 138 min.

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